Senator Brooks and Rep. Longietti Announce Grant for Local Steel Plant

Harrisburg – State Sen. Michele Brooks and Rep. Mark Longietti announced a $1 million Multimodal Transportation Program grant that will allow NLMK Pennsylvania to upgrade its Farrell rail operation and help retain more than 700 jobs.

The grant will permit rehabilitation of 8,300 feet of track, crossties and ballast and improve grade crossings in its 13-mile rail network at the plant. The company also will replace locomotives and install and modify loading docks.

“Our area competes not only against other states, but globally, for jobs.  It is important that our region and Pennsylvania are competitive in keeping these family-sustaining manufacturing jobs,” said Senator Brooks.  “If NLMK is able to flourish here, there will be correlative opportunity for employment and economic development in the region.  I was happy to have the opportunity to be a partner in helping obtain this funding.”

“This grant will allow NLMK to move a sufficient amount of product to remain competitive, thereby helping to retain over 700 high-paying jobs in our community,” Representative Longietti said. “I am pleased to have played a role in securing this funding which will help preserve these important jobs.”

The grant application was submitted by Penn Northwest Development Corporation on behalf of NLMK, formally known as Duferco Farrell Corporation. The scrap salvage company makes metal casing for Whirlpool, Frigidaire and other products for appliance companies.

The Multimodal Transportation Program funds projects for ports and rail freight, increases aviation investments, establishes dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and allows targeted funding for priority investments in each mode. 

Contact:          Contact: Christopher Yniguez cyniguez@pasen.gov (717) 787-1322